CRC Health Group (Cupertino, Calif.), the nation's largest provider of addiction treatment and related behavioral health services, has announced the appointment of Jerome (Jerry) Rhodes as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 17. Rhodes, who currently serves as CRC's Chief Operating Officer and has been with the company since 2003, will replace CEO Andy Eckert, who will remain as CRC Health Group's Chairman.
In a statement, Eckert called Rhodes an "ideal executive" who worked closely with him to build CRC into "the clear leader in the addiction treatment field." Eckert added that since 2011, CRC's daily patient traffic has grown from 28,000 patients daily to nearly 42,000, crediting Rhodes with "deep experience and leadership ability [that] will serve the CRC very well going forward."
Rhodes, who has more than 25 years experience in behavioral healthcare, joined CRC through the acquisition of CAPs in 2003. Under Rhodes' leadership, CAPs became a recognized national provider of addiction treatment services. After joining CRC, Rhodes served as president of its successful Recovery Division for 7 years and as the group's COO for the past three years. He is a board member of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and serves on the boards of Springstone Hospitals and of and Kentmere Nursing Center in Wilmington, Delaware. In November, Rhodes was a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Nyswander Dole award, presented by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) for his work in the area of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).